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#1 posted 06-17-2012 04:33 AM

When maching brass or aluminium, carbide is not even needed. I purchase small square pieces of HSS which are about 3 inches long and come 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2 inch square from Enco for less than a dollar each. Just grind a tip of any style you desire and you can sharpen both ends. HSS does an excellent job on steel, brass, aluminium and wood. Good wood turning tools use HSS and you can get a very sharp edge on HSS. When it dulls just go back to the grinder for a minute and you ready to go again.

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